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Simple Meter in Popular Music from the 1920s to Today

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Transcript of Simple Meter in Popular Music from the 1920s to Today

Simple Meter
in Popular Music
from the 1920s
to Today

The Elements of Rhythm
Rhythm
1920s & 1930s:
The Swing Era

Benny Goodman
‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ (1937)
1940s & 1950s:
Rock & Roll

Elvis Presley
‘All Shook Up’ (1957)
1960s:
Motown

Marvin Gaye
I Heard it Through the Grapevine
1970s:
Disco & Counter Culture

Bee Gees
‘Stayin' Alive’ (1977)
Time Signature
Meter
Rhythm is strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound.
The systematic arrangement of musical sounds, principally according to duration and periodic stress.
The time signature is a notational convention used in Western musical notation to specify how many beats are in each measure and which note value constitutes one beat. In a musical score, the time signature appears at the beginning of the piece, as a time symbol or stacked numerals.
Meter is a term that music has inherited from the rhythmic element of poetry where meter means the number of lines in a verse, the number of syllables in each line and the arrangement of those syllables as long or short, accented or unaccented. Hence it may also refer to the organization of music into regularly recurring measures or bars of stressed and unstressed "beats", indicated in Western music notation by a time signature and bar-lines.
Simple Meter is a metre in which each beat of the measure divides naturally into two equal parts, rather than three which gives a compound metre.
instead of a straight pulse, the eighth notes in between the beats are swung
tempo is fast for the purpose of dancing, around quarter = 120
meter is in 4/4, with a strong accent on 1 and the pick-up, which is beat 4
still incorporates an element of swing with the eighth notes NOT being strict in between beats
tempo is still fast, also for the purpose of dancing
meter is in 4/4, with a very strong accent on 1

in a 4/4 meter, with strong accents on beats 1 and beat 3
again, an upbeat tempo for the sake of dancing
in a 4/4 meter with equal accents on every beat, and a slightly stronger on beat 1
1980s:
The Rise of Pop
& Electronic Influences

Michael Jackson
‘Billie Jean; (1982)
a tempo similar to ‘Stayin’ Alive’—again, for the purpose of dancing
in a 4/4 meter with strong accents on beat 2 and beat 4
1990s:
The Ballad and all the Feels

Whitney Houston
I Will Always Love You

string accent on beats 2 and 4
in a 4/4 meter
2000s:
Musical Borrowings

Gnarls Barkley
'Crazy' (2006)
2010s- Today:
International Appeal

Gotye (feat. Kimbra)
'Somebody That I Used to Know'
strong accent on 1 and 3
in a 4/4 meter


Little Richard
‘Tutti Fruitti’ (1955)
still incorporates an element of swing with the eighth notes NOT being strict in between beats
tempo is still fast, also for the purpose of dancing
meter is in 4/4, with a very strong accent on 1

Mouth to Mouth
"Funkytown" (1979)
Un-Break My Heart
Toni Braxton (1996)
The
Swing Revival
Cherry Poppin Daddies
Zuit Suit Riot (1998)
The Speakeasy Three
When I Get Low, I Get High (2013)
Caravan Palace
Rock It For Me (2012)
Ain't Too Proud To Beg (1966)
Temptations
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Tracks Of My Tears (1965)
KC and the Sunshine Band
That;s the Way I like it (1975)
Cyndi Lauper
Time After Time
Savage Garden
Truly Madly Deeply

The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony

Boom Boom Pow (2009)
The Black Eyed Peas
Gold Digger (2009)
Kanye West Featuring Jamie Foxx
Punch Brothers
Movement and Location (2013)
Dead Or Alive
You Spin Me Round

Survivor
Eye Of The Tiger

Lady Gaga - Bad Romance

The Weeknd - Starboy (official) ft. Daft Punk
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